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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

The UK NSC policy on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening in men over 65

Policy

 
Type Adult
Last review completed March 2009
Next review due in 2013/14
Policy recommendation     n/a
 

The UK NSC decided that AAA screening could be offered to men aged 65, provided that the men invited were given clear information about the risks of elective surgery, and that steps were taken to create networks of vascular surgical services to allow further specialisation, bigger throughput and therefore lower risk, because of the evidence relating to volume and quality. A working group has been set up to resolve these issues.  Version 3.0 of the Standard Operating Procedures were published in July 2011.

 
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What is screening?

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.

» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process

More about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery swells. It is caused by a damaged blood vessel or a weakness in the blood vessel wall. The pressure of blood in the artery causes it to 'balloon' out at the weak point. The swelling can be small and spherical (berry-sized), normally occurring near blood vessel branches, or it can be larger and balloon-like. Large aneurysms may also extend along the arteries. Aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, but they are most common on the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body.

» Read more about abdominal aortic aneurysms on NHS Choices

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.

Policy stakeholders

British Heart Foundation
British Medical Ultrasound Society
Cardio & Vascular Coalition
Circulation Foundation
Royal College of Radiologists
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal Society of Medicine
Society for Vascular Technology
Society of Vascular Nurses
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.

Related documents

icon AAA policy review summary (Nov 2005) (PDF document, 80KB, 03/06/11)

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